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Whose ear could never bear the sportive sound
The queen of beauty, feem'd to vie with you.--'
Jesus College, and Sub-librarian in the Bodleian Library. 8vo. 55. Kearlly. 1780.
If a reasonable degree of allowance be made for the period of life when these poems were written (lo carly as before the age of nineteen) they will be intitled to confiderable praise. The principal poem is The Bodleian Library. Little as such a subject seems capable of poetic embellishment, Mr. Walters has made it the vehicle nos only of information, but entertainment. But the belt written and moft fpirited piece in this collection, is the Epifle to Mr. Talbot, on his travels.
The following passage will posibly convey no imperfect idea of the general ftile and manner which pervade the whole compofition :
But hence we halle to seck the wintry plains,
And waves her glitt'ring oriflamb on high. Beside these and some few others, there are two Latin poems; the title of the one is The Progress of Religion ; of the other, which is a poem of some length, Botany. Neither of these, in our opinion,
arc Parts. 4to.
ellence of poetry:
are of equal merit with his English compositions. At the end of the volume is added a loco-descriptive poem, entitied Landough, by Daniel Walters, head scholar of Cowbridge school. This poem (says Mr. John Wallers, with perhaps less truth than modefty), had its, place been determined by its merit, would have appeared at the head of this collection ; it was written by my brother in 1779, at the age. of seventeen.' It certainly possesles no inferior degree of merit, Art. 38. The Castle of Infamy, a poetical Vision. In Two
2 s. od. Bew. 1780. To reprove vice, and to expose folly, is the province of satire. The inftruments the makes use of are wit, ridicule, and argument: argument to establill the truth and justice of her accusations, and wis or ridicule to give force and poignancy to argument. To criminate, therefore, even the fairelt objects of satire without proof or propriety, is to calumniate and libel rather than to satirize : for abuse, even though it may be juftly deserved, will no more conftitute fatire (as this Writer seems to imagine) than mere rhymes will constitute the
This poem, like others of the Writer's compositions, contains fome few marks of ingenuity, accompanied by many that are the reverfe of modefty and good manners.
In his Dedication “ to his very good friends the Montbly Re. viewers," he charges them with inconsistency, because on one occafion they spoke of him as an ingenious Writer, and on another cenfured him for writing Billingsgate poetry. We wish, for the credit of human nature, that such a charge were really inconfiltent. The head is by no means a fufficient security againīt the depravicy of the heart. How common is it for men who are much fuperior in point of ingenuity to the Writer of this poem, once they give themselves up to the dominion of pallion, to be peculant, abusive, and intolerant! Our Author must know little of human life, and consequently be ill qualified to sustain the character he has assumed, if he has not observed many, who, notwithstanding the flattering presages they may have once given, have afterwards, either through vanity, or other motives, turned out impertinent coxcombs, or something worse. There are too many instances indeed, of persons who have even the manners of gentlemen (our Author will perceive we are not alluding to him), who, from ill temper, or natural malignity, have so far forgotten what they owe to themselves and their own dignity, as sometimes to make use of language both fcurrilous and indecent. Art. 39. The American Times: a Satire. In Three Paris. In
which are delineated the Characters of the Leaders of the American Rebellion. Amongst the principal are, Franklin, Laurens, Adams, Hancock, Jay, Duer, Duane, Wilon, Pulaski, Witherspoon, Reed, M.Kean, Walhington, Roberdeau, Morris, Chase, &c. By Camillo Querno, Poet-laureat to the Congress. 4to. 2 s. Richardson.
The observations, which were thrown out in the foregoing article, are not in applicable to the present. This Writer empties bis Jordan of invective with as little conlideration or remorse upon the American ralers, as the last Writer does upon the rulers in England.
Camillo Querno is celebrated for his intimacy with Leo X. and Cardinal Bembo. He poflefled qualifications, which, to unprincipled men of pleasure and wit, like Bembo and the Pope, gained him adinitrance on a footing of the greatest familiarity-He was, in Ihort, a poet, a buffoon, and a drunkard. Why the present Writer Thould make use of his name, we know not. He is neither a poet nor a buffoon. Without imagination he can hardly be the one, and without vivacity he is not even qualified for the other. It is not improbable, however (if we may judge from the intemperance of his rage), but in one respect at lealt he may bear the resemblance to the bard wbose signature he has assumed. Art. 40. Private Thoughts on Public Affairs : with some Apo
logy for the Conduct of our late Commanders in Chief by Sea and Land. A poetical Efray, by a Szander by. 4to. 15. Payne. 1780.
This flander. by seems to look with no grear degree of respect upon either party, the ins or the outs: the latter appear to have the least Thare of his regard. -With respect to his poetical powers, though of that class which
Non homines, non di, non conceffere columna, they are nevertheless equal to the discussion of coffee-house politics. Art. 41. An Episile from Joseph Surface, Ejq; to Richard Brinf
Jey Sheridan, Esq; Chairman of the Sub-committee for Weltminfer. 4:0. 1 s. 6 d. Kearfley. 1780.
A dabbler in poetry here attempts to censure a theatrical manager for dabbling in politics. Without examining how far such a conduct is prudent or defensible, we thall only observe, that an able fatirik might have pursued the thought with more address, and have contraited the dramatic and political avocations of a patriot, play-wright, and patentee, with more elegant saillery. The versification does not rise above mediocrity. Art. 42. The Senatorial Difperfary, a Poem. Inscribed to his Grace the Duke of Rutland. 410.
Portal. 1730. On a fuppofition that the body natural and the body politic are analogous, this pleasant projector recommends thai in similar diferdels a similar mode of treatment should be adopted :
• Where N-n, deck'd with due official form,
-y and Add-on shall stand,
Would stop some Patriotic Diartbeas.' Though Mr. Tickell's Project in all probability suggested the hine on which this little poem is founded, the Author is, however, by no means a servile imitator. Art. 43. The Prophecy : a Poem. Addressed to Mr. Buoke, on
his Plan for the economical Reformation of the civil and other Establishments. 410. 6d. Becket. 1780.
This little fquib, though as deftitute of true poetry as of prophecy (if prophecy be the foretelling events not generally foreseen), is yet pot without some degree of merit. It is written in tolerable metre, and the satire which it conveys is neither rude nor illiberal. Art. 44. A Sketch of the Times. A Satire. 410. 1 s. 6d. Bew.
This Writer seems to have a modest opinion of his own powers and consequence. In a dialogue between him and his editor, the latter exclaims,
Merciless pen! disdaining all confine:
And prejudice the judgment of the town. The rest of the poem is in the same strain. It concludes with a vehement invective against the worthy Archdeacon of Rochester, who seems to have fallen under the displeasure of this rancorous scribe for no reason, that we can perceive, except it be, that in his late Charge he has not been actuated by the fame malignant spirit of intolerancy that runs through the whole of this abusive performance.
RELIGIO U s.
this World, from Romans xii. 11. Second, on the Nature and
We find that Mr. Walder, the author of a fermon of which we have given some account, in our list for last month, is also the editor of this pamphlet. We tall insert his advertisement, as containing all that is requisite for us to say concerning it: ' These plain, pious, and christian discourses are the production of a female pen, the author of several small valuable tracts, particularly, a discourse concerne ing compassion to the brute creation, a second edition of which was printed in 1768, and is now become very scarce. The worthy aushor, though she is far advanced in years, continues to spend the principal part of her time in reading, ftudy, and writing; and the
appears sincerely desirous to do all in her power for the interest of piety, virtue, and charity.'-We since find that this good Lady, who resided at Southampton, died in January last. Art. 46. Difcourses on select Pasages of the Scripture History. By Joseph Jenkins, A. M.
12mo. 2 vols. 6s. Shrewibury, printed.' Sold by Buckland, &c. in London. 1779.
The author of these discourses expreffes his hope, that, ' in an age, wherein the Athenian fondness of hearing something new prevails ; wherein so many frivolous productions are dignified with the title of history, and read with approbation; wherein the embellishments of language are so frequently prostituted, to feed the corruptions of the heart, and deprave the morals of our youth, an attempt to engage the attention to the divine oracles, and suggeft reflections which may be conducive to profit, will be received with candour.' The discourses, which are twenty-one in number, are rather on the Calvinistical plan; they contain many pertinent and sensible reflections, and are of a serious, practical, and useful tendency. Art. 47. Serious and Free Thoughts on the Doctrines of Election,
Reprobation, Free will, the Fail of l’an, and bis Restoraties through Chrif Tofus. By Thomas Mendham, of Britton, in Norfolk, Teacher of the Gospel. 12mo. I S. Norwich, printed. Sold by Wilkie in London.
This appears to be the producion of a plain honeft man, whose natural good sense, and principles of piety, will not allow him to receive the Calvinistical account of election and reprobation. He writes in a very religious, and what is called evangelical train. He does not shine as an eminent master of language and composition, but seems to possess what is of greater worth, true goodness of heari. • They that know, says he, the scantiness of my education, and are witnesses to my many daily avocations, I am sure will not expect a finished performance should come out of my hands.' He supposes, that though man lost the power of chusing good and refusing evil by the fall, yet that power is restored to him by Jesus Chrift. He writes at times with emphasis and spirit. Ne reasonable being, fays he, on the top of some high rock, from whence a mill-ftone had been hurled, will cry with any degree of serioufness, stop! Itop! oh mill-lone fop! why wilt thou fall? Nor will one call aloud to the tempestuous ocean, stay yourselves, ye foaming billows ! ye reftlers waves, be ftill! why will ye soll?- None thus will call aloud, and Spend their strength in vain.--And Thall we then believe that ebe all-wise Jehovah, the incarnate Son of God, the holy prophets, apofles, and all the minifters of the word, are rifing early, and con. tinually calling finners to repentance, who have no more power given them to obey, than a mill-Itone has to resist its fall, or the billows to compose their boisterous bosom? Will they offer mercy to the foes of men, for whom they know there is none in store? Will they require them to repent when it is known they cannor? Will they com. mand them to believe on the Son of God, and threaten them with eternal pupilhment unless they do believe, when they can as cahl, make a lyttem of worlds as comply :-Surely no- for it is to require impofibilities.